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Jacqueline Solomon had a triple, double and single in the doubleheader (photo by Sun Young Byun)
Jacqueline Solomon had a triple, double and single in the doubleheader (photo by Sun Young Byun)

CMS Softball Drops Pair of Tight Non-Conference Contests to Whitworth

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Whitworth softball team ended the opener with a diving play with the tying run on second, and then broke a 1-1 tie in the nightcap with a bad-hop single as CMS dropped a pair of contests at Athena Field 4-3 and 3-1 on Monday afternoon.

The losses snap an eight-game winning streak for CMS, which slips to 13-5 on the year. Whitworth improves to 10-9 with the wins. 

Trailing 4-3 entering the seventh, Emma Suh led off with a single and went to second on a groundout. One out later, Rachel Sapirstein hit a grounder down the third-base line that looked like trouble, but Mattea Nelson dove to her right to pull it in, then threw across the diamond for the final out. 

CMS trailed 4-0 early, but got back in it with a run in the fourth and two in the fifth. Jacqueline Solomon tripled in the fourth and scored when the relay throw ended up in the dugout for an error. In the fifth, Destiny Garcia and Abby Thompson each had RBI singles to close the gap to a single run, but Whitworth was able to turn a double play to get out of the inning, and then get a strikeout-throwout double play to thwart a potential CMS rally in the sixth. 

Suh was 3-for-4 in the opener for CMS, while Thompson was 2-for-4. Maya Loper threw 3.1 innings of shutout relief, allowing two hits and striking out four. 

In the nightcap, the score was deadlocked 1-1 in the seventh in a pitcher's duel between Hannah Adams of CMS and Momi Lyman of Whitworth. With two outs and a runner on second, Haley Montoya grounded one right to Destiny Garcia at shortstop, but it took a wicked hop over her head into the outfield to bring the go-ahead run home. Whitworth added an insurance run on an infield single from Nelson to make it 3-1. 

Solomon doubled with two outs in the seventh to give CMS some hope, and Ellie Novogradac walked to put the winning run on base, but Lyman was able to end it with her fourth strikeout. Solomon was 2-for-3 in the nightcap for the Athenas, who were held to four hits. 

CMS will be back in action on Friday and Saturday, when it hosts doubleheaders with Vanguard and Occidental, respectively.